Episode theme: People who earn a living licensing new products and technologies to corporations.
Howard Arneson has been issued over 45 patents. His best known patent was for the Pool Sweep, which launched the automatic swimming pool cleaning industry. Since then, he revolutionized offshore power-boating with the development of the Arneson Surface Drive, twice winning the Open Offshore World championships, and setting (in 1990) the still-unbeaten Mississippi River record (from New Orleans to St. Louis). At 90 years young, he continues improve his powerboat’s performance, a 46-foot Skater powered by a 4,500-horsepower helicopter engine, to over 170 m.p.h.
Website: Howard Arneson
Phone: (415) 485-0788
Joe Grand (aka Kingpin) is an electrical engineer, hardware hacker, and president of Grand Idea Studio, Inc., where he specializes in the invention, design, and licensing of consumer products, video game accessories, and modules for electronics hobbyists. He has also spent many years finding security flaws in hardware devices and educating engineers on how to increase security of their designs.